January 22nd - January 25th
  • Literacy:
  • Word Families: -am, -ad
    • We are learning about different word families through stories, poems, songs, and building words. Students will be bringing home activities that they did in class to build words at home. They have thoroughly enjoyed the "speed sorts" where they have to build words in their word family as quick as they can and then read them out loud.
    • Heart Words: end, dear
    • During Writer's Workshop this week students will use our new class rubric, which encourages students to use proper spacing, punctuation, and capitalization, as they write. The goal is for students to write a complete sentence at this point. Students are encouraged to go above and beyond to try to write more than one sentence and to stretch out the sounds in new words!
  • Math: This week, we are focusing on writing numbers up to 20. We will also work on number stories using the + and - signs. Finally, students will be introduced to the Number Chart to help them see the relationship between numbers.
  • Social Studies: We are continuing our TWO social studies units this week. The first is our Cowboys and Cowgirls unit leading up to our Kindergarten Rodeo this Friday, January 25th. With this we will make boots, miniature horses, and read lots of fiction and nonfiction books about cowboys and the rodeo. We are also studying Martin Luther King, Jr. through books, writing, and a fun math activity.

January 14th - January 18th

  • Very Special Person of the Week: Macie
  • Literacy: Letters of the Week: Uu and Jj
  • Word Families: -at, -am
    • This week, we are beginning our Word Families unit. We are learning different word families through stories, poems, songs, and building words. Students will be bringing home activities that they did in class to build words at home. They have thoroughly enjoyed the "speed sorts" where they have to build words in their word family as quick as they can and then read them out loud.
    • Heart Words: thank, have
    • During Writer's Workshop this week, we will use what we learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. to write about our hopes and dreams. We will also begin writing with a new class rubric that encourages students to use proper spacing, punctuation, and capitalization as they write. The goal is for students to write a complete sentence at this point. Students are encouraged to go above and beyond to try to write more than one sentence and to stretch out the sounds in new words!
  • Math: This week, we are focusing on writing numbers up to 20. We also have been doing a really cool class project where students are making "circle maps" to show many ways to make numbers up to ten. Some examples include ten frames, tally marks, addition problems, writing out the number, subtraction problems, and others. It has been very exciting to see how creative students are when it comes to combining numbers at this point. They amaze me each and every day!
  • Social Studies: We are starting TWO social studies units this week. The first is our Cowboys and Cowgirls unit leading up to our Kindergarten Rodeo on Friday, January 25th. With this we will make boots, miniature horses, and read lots of fiction and nonfiction books about cowboys and the rodeo. We are also studying Martin Luther King, Jr. through books, writing, and a fun math activity.

December 17th - December 21st

  • Very Special Person of the Week: Finley
  • Literacy: Letters of the Week: Oo and Ww
    • Heart Words: to, this
    • During Writer's Workshop this week, we will write letters to our family members. Students have also been continuing to write about the holiday traditions we are learning about.
  • Math: This week, we are continuing to focus on teen numbers as "10 and some more." We will also do an activity to learn more about weight and measurement. Finally, we will play some fun dice games to gear up for the holidays and our Polar Express Party on Friday!
  • Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on Traditions Around the World. This week, we will focus on Christmas and Las Posadas. We will also do some Christmas activities that focus on the giving spirit of the season. (Come by and see our bulletin board near the kids' cubbies in the hallway!) On Thursday, we will wrap up this unit by having our Traditions Around the World Celebration with the other kindergarten classes. We will do crafts from around the world and also see a real Swedish St. Lucia procession in our class! What fun!
  • We will have our field trip to Heritage Square this Wednesday from 9:30-12. Remember to have your child wear their reindeer shirts to school that day!


December 10th - December 14th
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Audrey
  • Literacy: Letters of the Week: Zz and Xx
    • Heart Words: book, look
    • During Writer's Workshop this week, we are focusing on adding "spicy" words to our writing as we write about the new traditions we are learning about. This means trying to stretch out the sounds in unfamiliar words instead of relying solely on heart words in writing. Please do not be concerned by your child's "temporary spelling" of words! The goal is for them to take risks with their writing and try out new words, so do not worry about incorrect spelling. Instead, praise your child for stretching sounds out and encourage them to listen to the sounds in words. This also allows them to write about ANY topic they like instead of being confined to stories that only include heart words!
  • Math: This week, we are continuing to focus on teen numbers as "10 and some more." We are also beginning to discuss numbers in the 20s and drawing conclusions about similarities (they all have 2 tens) and differences (they have a different amount of ones) about these numbers.
  • Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on Traditions Around the World. This week, we will keep discussing Hanukkah and also introduce Las Posadas and St. Lucia. We will also do some Christmas activities that focus on the giving spirit of the season. (Come by and see our bulletin board near the kids' cubbies in the hallway!)

December 3rd - December 7th
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Sam
  • Literacy: Letters of the Week: Ii and Dd
    • Heart Words: yes, by
    • During Writer's Workshop this week, we are focusing on adding "spicy" words to our writing. This means trying to stretch out the sounds in unfamiliar words instead of relying solely on heart words in writing. Please do not be concerned by your child's "temporary spelling" of words! The goal is for them to take risks with their writing and try out new words, so do not worry about incorrect spelling. Instead, praise your child for stretching sounds out and encourage them to listen to the sounds in words. This also allows them to write about ANY topic they like instead of being confined to stories that only include heart words!
  • Math: This week, we are working on interrupted counting as well as continuing to work with numbers in the teens. Interrupted counting is counting either backwards or forwards from different starting points. We will also work on many math games with some extension activities, such as Roll and Record with two dice (rolling a dice and writing the number of the dice combined) and Top-It/Addition Top-It (a card game that was sent home as a Home Link last week).
  • Social Studies: We are beginning our unit on Traditions Around the World. This week, we will focus on Hanukkah since it begins this Saturday, December 8th. Other traditions that we will study include Las Posadas (Mexico), St. Lucia (Sweden), Christmas (as celebrated in England and America), and Kwanzaa.

November 26th - November 30th
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Kate
  • Literacy: Letters of the Week: Kk and Qq
    • Heart Words: and, no
    • During Writer's Workshop this week, we have been practicing writing letters. Students have focused on beginning letters with "Dear _," and ending with "Love, _." We are also continuing to practice writing heart words, putting spaces between words, and ending sentences with punctuation.
  • Math: This week we will continue to work with numbers in the teens. As we make numbers in the teens with our math tools, we have been looking at these numbers as "ten and some more." For example, 16 is "10 and 6 more." Doing this helps develop number sense by separating tens and ones, and having a strong foundation for this skill will help as students begin working with much bigger numbers.
  • Science: We are continuing to learn about "My Night Sky" in science this week! Cody's family donated a really cool item that will help us map out how far the different planets are from the sun. We will also learn about astronauts, the sun and moon, and Earth.

November 12th - November 16th
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Tyler
  • Literacy: Letters of the Week - Ff and Ll
    • Heart Words: my, can
    • During Writer's Workshop this week, we will continue working on spaces between words as well as creating sentences out of our heart words. At home, you can encourage your child to write sentences with our heart words, such as:
      • I can _.
      • I see my _.
      • I love _."
      • We like the __."
  • Math: This week will will focus on "ten and some more." We will play different games that practice counting by tens, and we will also introduce "teen frames," which are ten frames that go up to the number 20. Students will soon be expected to count to 50 and higher, so please encourage students to count often while at home! Counting snacks, leaves, steps, or even how many seconds it takes them to do a task will help their number sense improve.
  • Science: We are having another science-filled week! On Tuesday, students will bring their alligator science projects in to share with other classes on Wednesday. We will also introduce our new science unit about The Night Sky (space). This will be kicked off by our in-house field trip on Tuesday.
  • Social Studies: Our theme for this week will be Scarecrows and Thanksgiving. We will continue to talk about our own traditions before learning about traditions around the world when students return from Thanksgiving Break. We will finish a scarecrow craft and also learn about the history of Thanksgiving. We will have a very fun and busy week!

November 5th - November 9th
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Warren
  • Literacy: Letters of the Week - Pp and Gg
    • Heart Words: like, from
    • During Writer's Workshop this week, we will be focusing on using spaces between words in our writing. We made "spacemen" out of popsicle sticks to help with the spacing. Feel free to make one at home to use! We will also practice using punctuation in our writing, emphasizing periods, exclamation points, and question marks (. ! ?).
  • Math: We are back to working on number sense this week. We played a game called "Monster Squeeze" where students use verbal cues to guess numbers on a number line (greater than, less than). A version of this game will come home in Thursday Folders to play at home! We are also introducing the concept of weight by determining items that are heavier than/lighter than others. We have continued playing math games that include lots of counting, rolling dice, and composing and decomposing numbers with the help of math tools.
  • Science: We are continuing to discuss our alligators and writing about individual science experiments at home.
  • Social Studies: This week, we are beginning a multi-week unit about Traditions Around the World. We began discussing what a tradition is and sharing some traditions that we each have in our families. We are also learning about different holidays that are celebrated, focusing on Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. We will make a big class turkey with feathers that describe what we are thankful for!

October 29th - November 2nd

  • Very Special Person of the Week: Kelsey
  • Literacy: Letters of the Week - Cc and Aa
    • Heart Words: cat, dog
    • During Writer's Workshop this week, we will continue writing about small moments. We will use a picture of a watermelon to help with this idea: If a piece of watermelon is an event that happened (a birthday party), then each little seed will represent a small moment (playing a party game, eating a piece of cake, opening a favorite present, etc.).
  • Math: Our focus is on shapes again this week. We will use shapes to make jack-o-lanterns as well as a craft with the book Five Little Pumpkins. We are also continuing to focus on describing shapes instead of simply identifying them. Finally, we are working on different ways to make 5 on a ten frame (a group of 4 and a group of 1, a group of 3 and a group of 2, five groups of 1, etc.).
  • Science: This week, we will begin our Science Boot Camp! We will do a very cool experiment with alligators in class this week. The students will then do a similar project at home the following week (more details to come about that). We will also go to an assembly where Steve Spangler will be doing some cool science experiments on Halloween! We are going to have an awesome week of science!
  • We are continuing to learn all about pumpkins this week to help celebrate Halloween!

October 22nd - October 26th
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Teddy
  • Literacy: Letters of the Week - Hh and Vv
    • Heart Words: see, a
    • During Writer's Workshop this week, we will begin the idea of writing about small moments. We will use a picture of a watermelon to help with this idea: If a piece of watermelon is an event that happened (a birthday party), then each little seed will represent a small moment (playing a party game, eating a piece of cake, opening a favorite present, etc.). We are also continuing with reading and writing color words as well as writing mini books using this week's heart words ("I see a...")
  • Math: Our focus is on shapes this week. We are using shape blocks to make other shapes, including some spooky bats and cute puppies! We are also continuing to focus on describing shapes instead of simply identifying them. Finally, we are working on different ways to make 4 on a ten frame (two groups of 2, a group of 3 and a group of 1, four groups of 1, etc.).
  • We are finishing up our theme of colors this week and learning about pumpkins! This will be a two week focus, so this week we will learn about how pumpkins grow. Next week, we will focus more on pumpkins with a Halloween theme!

October 15th - October 17th
  • Literacy: We will use this week to review our letters so far (M, S, R, T, B, and N). We will also practice writing complete sentences as a class by making an "I like/I love" chart. We will continue with our heart words as well! Finally, we will emphasize learning color words this week through books such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The students will make their own color books that will be sent home in their books bags to read at home.
  • Math: We will have "number talks" this week where we practice combining numbers to make 5. We will do this by using ten frames, counters, blocks, and other manipulatives in the classroom. We will also work on our Big Book of Numbers, where students represent each number in multiple ways (writing, tally marks, ten frames, number words, pictures, etc.).
  • Our theme this week is colors. It's the perfect time of year to focus on colors with how beautiful the changing leaves are! We will read and make books about colors and practice reading and writing color words.

October 8th-October 12th
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Luci
  • Literacy - This week, Book Bags will go home! Your child's Book Bag will go home with them on their reading group day. The Book bags will need to be returned on the same day the next week. Our writing focus for the week will be to label our pictures and include a caption to let the reader know what the drawing is about. Please continue working on letters and sounds, writing, and reading with your child at home!
    • Letters of the Week: B and N
    • Heart Words: Dad, we (words so far are I, love, you, and Mom)
  • Math - We will be working with ten frames often this week. Students will practice making numbers on ten frames as well as finding what number is represented on regular and irregular ten frames. We will also introduce number grids (also known as a hundreds chart) and become familiar with how these can be used to find the relationship between numbers. These will be used to ask questions about numbers (What's one more than ? What's one less? What's ten more than ?). Finally, we will create a class number board. The purpose of all of these activities is for students to recognize that numbers can be represented in many ways!
  • Our theme for this week will be Spiders. We will use our science time to learn about spiders, and we will also explore spiders and insects during our field trip on Tuesday.


October 1st - October 5th
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Cody
  • Literacy - We will continue our unit on letters of the alphabet. This week's letters are R and T. We will also continue introducing our "heart" words (sight words that we "know by heart"). This week's words are you and Mom. We will continue to work on last week's words (I and love) as well. Please practice writing, reading, chanting, and making these words as often as possible. We will also work on labeling pictures during Writer's Workshop. I am encouraging students to write down the sounds that they hear in words, so please encourage students to do this at home. At this point, stretching the words out and identifying sounds is much more important than having the correct spelling! Please continue to practice writing students' names at home as well as reading nightly with them. Book bags will go home next week! More information will come home with the book bags.
  • Math - This week, we will continue doing nonstandard units of measurement, measuring both the heights of students as well as the lengths of objects in the classroom. We will use blocks, cubes, and other objects to compare lengths of objects using terms such as longer than, shorter than, or about the same. Students will also work together to make shapes with their bodies and with ropes, focusing on different shapes and the number of sides and corners they have. Finally, we will continue to practice counting with 1 to 1 correspondence and writing numbers 1 through 9.
  • Our theme this week will be Fall. We will learn about the changing seasons, leaves, and the five senses through many fun Autumn activities!

September 24th - September 28th
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Josephine
  • We will have MAP Testing on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings this week. This is an assessment that we will take in the computer lab to get a baseline for each student in math and literacy.
  • Literacy - We will begin our next unit in literacy this week on letters of the alphabet. We will have two letters each week that we will study. This week, our letters will be M and S. We will also continue to practice upper and lower case letters through the names of students in our class. At home, make a game out of how many things you can find that start with the M or S sounds. Also, please continue to help your child practice writing their name using both upper and lower case letters and read daily with them.
  • Math - We will incorporate our apple theme in many of our math lessons this week! We will start our Apple Counting Books to practice writing numbers 1 through 5. We will also do an apple taste test on Thursday and graph our results as a class. Finally, we will use apple cut-outs to do nonstandard measurements by seeing how many "apples" tall each student is. We will also continue to discuss shape attributes. At home, use any opportunity to count with your child (how many m's or s's there are in your child's name, how many trees in your yard are starting to change colors, counting backwards as they eat their snack... the possibilities are endless!). Also, have students look for shapes at home and describe them ("I know that is a square BECAUSE it has four sides that are the same size...").
  • We will finish our Apple Unit this week by celebrating Johnny Appleseed's Birthday and making applesauce on Friday. Our Show and Tell this week will be something that is a sign of Fall.

September 17th - September 21st
  • Very Special Person of the Week: Carter
  • Literacy - We will wrap up our unit about the names of the students in the class. Through this unit, we have learned about the sounds of letters while practicing reading and writing names of all students in the class. We will also continue emphasizing the use of upper and lower case letters. Please continue to help your child practice writing their name at home using both upper and lower case letters, as well as read with them as often as possible.
  • Math - The main focus of this week will be shapes and their attributes, focusing on squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles. At home, use any opportunity to count with your child (during snack time, playing with legos, how many steps it takes to get places... anything!). Also, have students look for shapes at home and describe them ("I know that is a square BECAUSE it has four sides that are the same size...").
  • We will continue our Apple Unit by learning poems, songs, and counting games. We will also be preparing for Johnny Appleseed's birthday next week!
  • Don't forget about our field trip to the Pumpkin Patch on Friday, September 21st!
    • Mrs. Dalton will be going on the field trip with the students.
    • For the field trip, we can have 2 parents come on the bus with us. Any other parents that would like to come are more than welcome to follow in their own cars to join the class on the field trip. Don't forget your cameras!
    • Students will not need to bring a lunch.